Bonnie Gayle's review of The Arrival
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Feb 29, 2008 03:45PM
I just read this book this morning! Your reviews are beautiful.
Mar 01, 2008 12:01AM
Could you figure out what the little creatures were about? I would be interested in your take on them.
Mar 03, 2008 12:33PM
First thought: the little creatures were a rip-off of the spirit daemons from Philip Pullman's trilogy.
I dislike his writing immensely, though, so I thought harder.
The animal that latched on to the father reminded me of a cat that had been left behind by a former owner, especially since that room looked like it still had objects from a former occupant, collecting dust on the table. The overabundant number of animal pets in the drawings may be the hopeful avenue that Tan uses to depict a technology-driven yet socialable society, where animals remind people to live outside their boxes.
They puzzled me too, and I still don't think that I entirely understood them.
Sep 01, 2008 01:38PM
I too thought of Philip Pullman's Daemons. I think I would prefer to think of Tan's creatures as organically arrived-at hommages rather than ripoffs as I admire the work of both writers. One thing that does make these beasties different is that they aren't explained - this forces the reader's mind into a place where he/she must accept without understanding, again bringing the reader to place of identification with the protagonist.
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